PJ Library’s Israel Hub

PJ Library and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation have a deep, unshakable connection to the State of Israel. We are proud to share stories with families around the globe that celebrate Israel and promote a sense of responsibility to the country and its people. And we are proud to reach hundreds of thousands of Israeli children and their families each month through PJ Library’s Hebrew-language counterpart, Sifriyat Pijama, and Arabic-language companion program, Maktabat al-Fanoos.

If you are struggling, as many of us do, to navigate conversations about events in Israel with your children or grandchildren, we’ve compiled a shortlist of resources below.

Statement from HGF President Winnie Sandler Grinspoon 10.16.23

How to Talk to Kids

Addressing Children's Big and Important Questions

How to Talk to Kids About Israel Right Now via kveller

How to Talk to Children About Antisemitism

Questions Children Ask About Israel in General 

Strategies For Talking With Our Kids About Israel via the iCenter

Support for Parents

How to Talk to Children About Israel Today (webinar) via The Jewish Education Network

Find Community Support via the Jewish Social Services Agency

Is Anyone Prepared For These Questions? (part of the Israel at War Series) via Perfect Jewish Parents podcast


How to Talk to Kids About Scary Situations 

Making This a Teachable Moment Even For Our Youngest Community Members via eJewishPhilanthropy

Songs of Comfort

Videos and Media to Help Children Cope With Scary Situations

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis with recommendations and resources from PJ Library’s team.

General Resources to Learn About the Culture and History of Israel

  • /beyond-books/pjblog/march-2023/more-about-the-map-of-israel
    Israel Trail Game
    About the Map of Israel

  • /beyond-books/pjblog/april-2017/tour-israel-with-these-picture-books
    Israel Memory Game
    PJ Library Books About Israel

  • https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/modern-israeli-history-a-timeline/
    Israel Resources — Parents
    Historical Timeline of Israel

  • /beyond-books/pjblog/march-2023/more-israel-resources
    Israel Resources — Parents
    More Israel Resources

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_lS2GR2wz8&list=PLT8NilM_8EhMRKE3hUuukqjPuZKhaRWxW&t=1s
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Virtual Tour of Jerusalem: Part 1

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pS2ZAMT2Zw&list=PLT8NilM_8EhMRKE3hUuukqjPuZKhaRWxW&index=2
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Virtual Tour of Jerusalem: Part 2

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3JeXLu63Gw
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Tour Jerusalem with Shalom Sesame

  • https://pjafternoonswithmimi.podbean.com/e/kiddo-tours-israel-a-special-bonus-episode/?token=b09b8b637b6847df094b874bc6b9f3b7
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Kiddo Learns About Israel

  • https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7KJIC5LtNZzPGKHw1xQ6Dk
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Israel Music Playlist

  • /beyond-books/pjblog/january-2019/how-to-learn-hebrew-with-your-kids
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Learn Hebrew Words

  • /beyond-books/pjblog/june-2019/10-kid-friendly-spots-to-visit-in-israel
    Israel Resources — Kids
    10 Kid-Friendly Spots in Israel

  • /beyond-books/pjblog/may-2016/popular-foods-from-israel
    Israel Resources — Kids
    5 Popular Foods from Israel

  • https://pjourway.org/Blog/Kid/2018-04/how-do-you-like-to-eat-hummus
    Israel Resources — Kids
    Hummus Fest (age 9 and up)